MIT Rallies Past Wentworth, 10-7, in Men’s Lacrosse

Mark Heatzig
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 10, Wentworth Institute of Technology 7

- Records: MIT (3-2); Wentworth (2-4)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: MIT generated three goals during the last seven minutes of regulation to secure a 10-7 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Mark Heatzig (Boca Raton, Fla.) generated a career-high five points on two goals and three assists for the Engineers. Ben Coakley, meanwhile, paced the Leopards with one goal and two assists. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Wentworth produced the only goals of the opening quarter, both with a player advantage. Jacob Eldred connected on a pass from Andrew DiPalma after 3:17 elapsed and then Coakley set up Kyle Doner with 3:38 left in the frame.

- Sophomore Gavin Vandenberg (Elmhurst, Ill.) put MIT on the board just over a minute into the second stanza as junior Aidan Westley (Palos Verdes, Calif.) knotted the score exactly 61 seconds later. The deadlock held until Zach Tomaszek found the back of the net at the 5:38 mark. Jason Buck quickly followed with an unassisted marker, giving the Leopards a 4-2 lead heading into halftime.

- The Engineers ended their scoring drought two minutes into the third quarter when Vandenberg redirected a feed from Heatzig. MIT tied the game courtesy of Heatzig's extra-man goal that was set up by first-year James Santoro (Tewksbury, N.J.) with 9:41 on the clock and then Santoro found Westley for the go-ahead goal almost two minutes later. Coakley's solo effort evened the score at five, however, junior Jack Strachan (Moresville, N.C.) gave MIT a 6-5 edge at the end of the quarter.

- Vandenberg completed his first hat trick of the season early in the final frame, however, strikes by Buck and Tomaszek created a 7-7 tie with 7:45 left to play. The Engineers responded with an unassisted goal from Heatzig a minute later, who then earned an assist on Strachan's goal with 3:38 to go. Sophomore Oliver Heins (Fair Haven, N.J.) capped the scoring 1:07 later, securing the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Strachan's two goals helped him reach 100 career points, becoming the 33rd player in program history to accomplish this feat. Westley registered two goals as sophomore Luke Gianni (Henderson, Nev.) won 17 of 20 faceoffs and collected 10 groundballs. Junior Joe Vasile (Webster, N.Y.) posted five groundballs while classmate Robert DeLaus (Andover, Mass.) notched two caused turnovers. In net, first-year Lukas Drexler-Bruce (Denver, Colo.) tallied 23 saves and four groundballs.

- Buck and Tomaszek both registered two goals as Anthony D'Avolio and Jeff Gore both totaled six groundballs. In net, Randy Ryan recorded 16 saves and four groundballs.

- MIT ended the night with advantages in shots (39-35), groundballs (36-29), and faceoff wins (17-3).

- The Engineers were 14-of-21 during their clearing attempts and converted one of their two extra-man opportunities.

- The Leopards were 18-of-24 during their clearing attempts and went 2-of-4 when they were man-up.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams return to the field Saturday, March 16. MIT will travel to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for a 1:00 p.m. start while Wentworth will host Wheaton College an hour earlier.

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